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Title COMPETE
Competence evaluation and training for Europe
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Synopsis An assumption of the original ‘vision’ for COMPETE was that it would be possible to develop a common ‘content model’. This would provide the framework for the assessment constructs and instruments used in the skills auditing methodology. It would specify the common ‘content’ underlying taxonomies of basic and cross-job skills, and would be applicable across different countries. 
    The results of the COMPETE research makes it clear that such a ‘common content model’ is both unfeasible and undesirable, because, in line with common occupational and skills standardisation systems, a common content model would have to accommodate the complex cultural and organisational ‘patrimonies’ that shape the language of skills across different EU states. Secondly, most organisations, both large and small,  have a global skills system which is very closely tailored to fit their specific product and process mix, and they train internally to this model. Content has to be adaptive both to the organisational and socio-cultural context in which it operates, and also to changes in the evolution of work.
    The COMPETE ‘content model’ envisages an ‘institutional framework’ that provides the environment for the development of an ‘evolving knowledge base’ of skills, centred around a common cores set of competence indicators. Five indicative ‘scenarios of use’ are targeted by COMPETE. These incorporate key target user groups in typical settings that exemplify problems of ‘skills gaps’ affecting labour mobility and economic competitiveness in the EU.  The scenarios of use are as follows:
  • SCENARIO 1:  Support for Migrant Workers;
  • SCENARIO 2: ‘New Jobs for Old’ -  Tools for Inter-regional partnerships; 
  • SCENARIO 3: ‘New Opportunities for the Long Term Unemployed’ - Public Employment Service support tools;
  • SCENARIO 4: ‘Human Resources Developer’ - Valorising the Company Asset Base;
  • SCENARIO 5: ‘The Mobile Citizen’ - Cross Border Electronic Credentials Authentication tool. 
    The five scenarios represent ‘archetypal’ configurations of a broader system of European-wide skills development and monitoring networks that would need to put into place to promote the ‘European Skills Development Network’ (E*NET).  This in effect constitutes the COMPETE ‘content model’. The five scenarios represent ‘access points’ to this network, and localised adaptations of the COMPETE content model  (Cullen 2001, pp. 57, 58, 62).
Reference The details of the conceptual  framework of the project, in particular the content model and related tools, are set out in the final report (Cullen 2001, pp. 57-65); the methodological background includes a comparative analysis of policy and taxonomies across Europe (Cullen 2001, pp. 29-37).
See also project info on COMPETE.
Descriptors D-CDO  EP01  EP08        E01a
 
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